Even though ‘Harry Potter’ fever was still high, ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ came out swinging and toppled the powerful wizard. ‘Captain’ also took out fellow superheroes with an opening box office of $65.8 million. The stars-and-stripes hero slipped past ‘Thor’s $65.7 million opening in addition to beating ‘X-Men: First Class’ $55.1 million and ‘Green Lantern’s $53.2 million to be the top superhero for the summer of 2011. The film has certainly benefitted from good word of mouth. You can see our review here.

Here’s a roundup of recent superhero film openings:

1. ‘The Dark Knight’    $158.4million
2. ‘Spider-Man 3’   $151.1 million
3. ‘Iron Man 2’    $128 million
4. ‘Spider-Man’    $114 million
5. ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’   $102.7million
6. ‘Iron Man’     $98.6 million
7. ‘Spider-Man 2’   $88.1 million
8. ‘X2: X-Men United’    $85 million
9. ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’   $85 million
10. ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ $65.8 million
11. ‘Thor’    $65.7 million
12. ‘Fantastic Four: ROTSS’   $58 million
13. ‘Fantastic Four’    $56 million
14. ‘X-Men: First Class’   $55.1 million
15. ‘X-Men’     $54.4 million
16. ‘Green Lantern’s    $53.2 million
17. ‘Superman Returns’    $52 million
18. ‘Batman Begins’    $48 million

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ may have come in second this past weekend, but that doesn’t mean it took in a small amount of money. ‘Harry’ took in an additional $48 million in its’ second weekend bringing its domestic total to $274 million and its worldwide box office to a staggering $834 million…in just two weekends.

Also still having a good run in theaters is ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’. The film took in an additional $12 million bringing its domestic box office to $325 million and its worldwide box office to $882 million. The third film in the franchise is now its top money earner.

Top 10 Weekend Box Office:
1. ‘Captain America: The First Avenger $65.8 million
2. ‘Harry Potter & TDH Part 2’   $48 million
3. ‘Friends With Benefits’  $18.5 million
4. ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ $12 million
5. ‘Horrible Bosses’   $11.7 million
6. ‘Zookeeper’    $8.7 million
7. ‘Cars 2’    $5.7 million
8. ‘Winnie the Pooh’   $5.1 million
9. ‘Bad Teacher’   $2.6 million
10. ‘Midnight in Paris’   $1.8 million